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Ned Diehl

Ned Diehl
Director of Bands

Dr. Ned C. Deihl, Professor of Music Education and Director of Bands, joined the Penn State faculty in 1963. He has degrees from Indiana University, University of Michigan, and Penn State University.

Following graduation from Indiana University, he served in the U.S. Army and played clarinet with the Ninth Division Band and Seventh Army Symphony Orchestra in Europe. He directed school bands in Michigan and Indiana where his concert groups won superior ratings in state contests.

In addition to his band duties at Penn State, Dr. Deihl taught graduate courses in Music Education and published numerous articles. He was a pioneer researcher in computer assisted instruction in music and is a former member of the Editorial Board of The Journal of Research in Music Education. He played clarinet as a member of the Altoona Symphonic Orchestra, and was an elected member of the prestigious American Bandmasters Association, receiving the Citation of Excellence from the National Band Association. Other memberships included Pi Kappa Lamda, Phi Mu Alpha, Phi Beta Mu, College Band Directors National Association (past president Eastern Division), National Band Association (State Chairman), and Music Educators National Conference.

He was selected as one of ten Outstanding Music Educators in the United States by School Musician journal 1986. He has been guest conductor of the U.S. Air Force Band and the U.S. Army Band in concerts at Washington, D.C., and at the American Bandmasters Association Conference in Oregon.

The band programs under his direction included the Symphonic Band, the renowned Marching Blue Band, two other concert bands, and two basketball bands. Under his direction, the Marching Blue Band, 285 strong, was considered among the very best in the nation. Keeping up with the Nittany Lions, they performed in over 20 major bowl games and appeared before countless millions on national television.